Twitter Paywall 2FA

Twitter’s Paywall 2FA, Mental Health Data for Sale, Meta’s Verified Program

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Twitter is phasing out its free text message two-factor authentication (2FA) and putting the feature behind a paywall, prompting security experts to advise Twitter users to switch to other authentication methods.

How data brokers are selling sensitive mental health data for a few hundred dollars with little attempt to hide identifying information such as names and addresses. A new report highlights how some firms are offering the data for as low as $275 for information on 5,000 people, and Congress has yet to pass significant legislation on data brokers.

Meta (formerly Facebook) has launched a new program called Meta Verified which aims to unify verification across all of the company’s platforms. Users can pay a monthly fee to verify their presence on Facebook and Instagram by submitting their government ID.

** Links mentioned on the show *

Could Twitter shutting off SMS 2FA be a great opportunity for the security industry or is this just the start of more ‘security tax’​ on the horizon?
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/could-twitter-shutting-off-sms-2fa-great-opportunity-security-potter
https://infosec.exchange/@maxeddy/109883795151142780
https://blog.twitter.com/en_us/topics/product/2023/an-update-on-two-factor-authentication-using-sms-on-twitter

A researcher tried to buy mental health data. It was surprisingly easy.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/rcna70071

Meta Verified will offer ID protection on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp for $12 (or more) per month
https://www.androidpolice.com/meta-verified-announcement/

Scott’s blog about Gamification
https://www.linkedin.com/posts/scottwright_home-click-armor-activity-7033783390243848192-TOHu/

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